Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 21 (Google eBook)

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Page 190 - ... dissolved. Conjugal fidelity till death is not the exception but the rule, and matrimonial differences, which occur but rarely, are easily settled with or without the intervention of friends. One of the most striking features of their social relations is the marked equality and affection which exist between husband and wife, and the consideration and respect with which women are treated might, with advantage, be emulated by certain classes in our own land.
Page 81 - See the Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Vol.
Page 416 - He has spread more widely than any other highly organised form, and all others have yielded before him. He manifestly owes this immense superiority to his intellectual faculties, to his social habits which lead him to aid and defend his fellows, and to his corporeal structure.
Page 341 - Hindu society. Thus, it is scarcely a paradox to lay down as a law of the caste organisation in Eastern India that a man's social status varies in inverse ratio to the width of his nose.
Page 448 - The terminal syllable ne and the prefixed le are respectively the signs of the motional and the cislocative forms, "I come hither again to greet and thank." A word of six syllables, easily pronounced (and in the Onondaga dialect reduced to five) expresses fully and forcibly the meaning for which eight not very euphonious English words are required. The notion that the existence of these comprehensive words in an Indian language, or any other, is an evidence of deficiency in analytic power, is...
Page 335 - Hinduism has something to offer which is suited to all minds. Its very / strength lies in its infinite adaptability to the infinite diversity of human character and human tendencies. It has its highly spiritual and abstract side suited to the metaphysical philosopher, its practical and concrete side suited to the man of poetic feeling and ima'gination, its quiescent and contemplative side suited to the man of peace and lover of seclusion.
Page 416 - He has made rafts or canoes for fishing or crossing over to neighbouring fertile islands. He has discovered the art of making fire, by which hard and stringy roots can be rendered digestible, and poisonous roots or herbs innocuous.
Page 228 - From similar causes the names of rivers, places, and things, have suffered so many changes, on the western coast, that frequent confusion occurs ; for, after being prohibited by their chieftains from applying any particular terms to the accustomed signification, the natives will not acknowledge to have ever known them in their former sense.
Page 104 - A catalogue of the different specimens of cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook...
Page 174 - Those who hold that opinion have never been able to show the possibility of the first step. They attempt to veil their inability by the easy but fruitless assumption of an infinite space of time, destined to explain the gradual development of animals into men ; as if millions of years could supply the want of the agent necessary for the first movement, for the first step, in the line of progress ! No numbers can effect a logical impossibility. How, indeed, could reason spring out of a state which...

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